Here at last is a sneak peek at the quilt
very nearly a full functioning bed adornment.
I really didn't enjoy the number of hours it took me to remove the papers,
though their flights of fancy round the garden amused me.
I have to say I've never enjoyed a good iron so much!
And if I could I would have left this top as flat as a pancake,
but needs must.
SOAP BOX WARNING!!
I have backed it with a piece of old duvet.
Before any one wants to lecture me on the
rules of quilting,
(I've had this happen)
I would like to say that quilts
were originally made from recycling old unusable fabric,
there were no 'quilt shops' back in the olden days.
I like using one whole piece of backing,
I'm not into back piecing,
for one who's going to see it?
and two I've just made the quilt top,
you really think I want to make a back piece?!
I remembered this old duvet cover that we stopped using,
it's fine, it's recycling it's turquoise and it didn't cost me a penny!
Okay I'm done..I thankyou.
When basting I need the television!
It's too uncomfortable and dull not to have
some kind of distraction.
Mine was a recorded programme
about British landscape artists,
I love art and I've decided to gain more
arty knowledge this year,
I may even go back to college.
Anyway with the Augustus John thing on
Wadding wise I am using
heirloom 80% cotton 20% polyester.
(the lemon meringue sample)
First I pinned with safety pins,
then tacked it together with thread,
folding it over as I sewed.
With the pins removed I got on to quilting.
And here we have the dilemma.
After many hours of research I came up with a
Before you all gasp in horror,
(believe me I've done a lot of gasping)
let me give my reasoning, before casting judgement on my wicked ways.
1. This is my first big attempt at machine quilting
2. I am still very much a novice
3. I had a stinking cold,
so not entirely responsible for my actions
4. I'm a lazy a@s
5. The real reason:
after basting I found a few seams had pulled apart,
some rubbish sewing!
the vintage/new mix of fabrics.
I felt it all needed some secure quilting,
I fear this quilt is a little fragile
and certainly will never be machine washed!
So here it is..
I do feel a bit
with myself, for not waiting.
But you know when the moment takes you,
even with a fuzzy head full of cold.
I think with the reasons I've given
I should be able to forgive myself.
And at the end of the day it's still a nice quilt.
So I was going to sew diagonals the other way too,
what do you think?
I'm swaying right now.
Just binding left now,
I think it has to be turquoise or white,
I'm not sure?
I'd love to know what you think?
If you love this quilt pattern
if you would like to see more.
is writing an update this week and is also sewing an awesome
hand pieced quilt!